Smokies Backcountry Camping: Things You Need To Know

Reservations and permits are required for all overnight stays in the backcountry. To make reservations, please visit the backcountry reservation website.

*** Be sure to carefully review the information about what is open BEFORE proceeding to obtain a backcountry permit. A.T. Thru-hiker permits will not be issued during this phase. For more information about what is open, please visit Due to a number of recent storms, visitors can expect to encounter blowdowns and potential blockages along the trail system. For trip planning assistance or other backcountry questions, contact the Backcountry Office at 865-497-1927 (8 am to 5 pm EST, daily). ***

To ensure your backcountry trip is safe and enjoyable, please take a few moments to read each of the sections below. If you have questions, please call the Backcountry Information Office at (865) 436-1297. Phone calls are the preferred method of contact for backcountry trip planning questions. The Backcountry Information Office is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

For Your Safety
Hazards and Risks
Backpacking in Bear Country
Leave No Trace
Road, Trail and Facility Closures - closures may affect your access to trailheads
Weather - weather may affect your access to campsites
Maps and Books

Hiker Shuttle Information -There are a number of hiker shuttle services in communities surrounding the national park. Information for most of these businesses may be found on the internet. Because this information changes often, the park does not maintain or publish a current listing of these businesses.

Last updated: May 22, 2020

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